Saturday, April 25, 2009

NAFTA =Cows and Pigs of 3 Countries and Swine Flu

Remember recently how the Smelly One who was caught LYING again about revising the horrible NAFTA=SHAFTA for the citizens of the United States Treaty forced upon the citizens of American by the SWINE clinton?  Another horrible reality of the SHAFTA is the meats being sold to you in the big chains across America.  Next time you go to pick up some ribs for a BBQ take a look at the what can only be described as the UNTRUTH being told in the so call Truth in Packaging you will note product of USA,CANADA,MEXICO.  Do you really want to feed that SWINE to your family?  My advice find a local meat market and make sure the meats you are buying are from America only it is worth the little bit more you may pay.  This is yet another reason why we have been SCREWED by our so called representatives.
Flickr/The Pug Father

Eight swine flu cases identified in U.S.

Flu outbreak in Mexico
Mario Guzman / EPA
Patients wait for medical attention at a health center in Mexico City.
All victims, six of them in California, have recovered. Officials say the new virus is easily passed, but does not appear to be especially virulent. Researchers plan to go to Mexico, where the viruses in 12 cases match six in the U.S.
By Thomas H. Maugh II 
2:49 PM PDT, April 24, 2009
As Mexico City closed schools and began taking other measures to contain the spread of a swine flu outbreak that may have infected hundreds of people and killed as many as 60, U.S. officials said Friday they had found one new case in San Diego, bringing the total number in the United States cases to eight.

The most recent victim, a child, has recovered, as did the other seven victims, Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in a telephone news conference. Six of the eight U.S. cases were in San Diego and Imperial counties and two in Guadeloupe County, Texas.


If that is the case, he added, many people have already been exposed to the virus and it is too late to contain a potential outbreak in the United States. But the good news is that none of the intermediaries appear to have developed serious illness, suggesting that the disease is not especially virulent.

None of the American victims has had any contact with pigs and only one of them has traveled to Mexico recently, he said.

The Pan American Health Organization said Friday that there have so far been 854 cases of "influenza-like illness" in Mexico City, with 59 deaths. Another 24 cases with three deaths have occurred in San Luis Potosi, in central Mexico, and 24 cases with no deaths in Mexicali, near the U.S. border.

Friday afternoon, Mexico's Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova held a news conference at which he said the rate of deaths is slowing. He also said that there are no plans to close the borders because of the outbreak.

U.S. health experts noted, meanwhile, that deaths from influenza are common. In an average year in the United States, about 35,000 people die from the flu, and in bad years nearly twice that number. Such deaths are most often among the very young and the elderly. Most of the cases in Mexico, however, have been among people who were apparently young and healthy.

That is potentially alarming, experts said, because the 1918 influenza epidemic also struck the young and healthy.

Besser said CDC researchers had so far analyzed 14 samples from seriously ill Mexican patients, but only eight of them tested positive for swine flu. "I think we are safe in saying it is the same virus in Mexico and California," he said. The six cases that did not test positive might have been caused by other strains of flu, but "we can't say what they were," he said.

Canadian laboratories have confirmed 18 of the Mexican cases as swine flu and have found that 12 are genetically identical to the swine flu virus found in California, according to the Pan American Health Organization .

"It is really critically important that we learn more about what is going on in Mexico," Besser said. "Sorting out which of the cases are caused by swine flu is an important public health question. . . . There is much uncertainty, more than anyone would like."

The agency has not yet sent investigators into Mexico, "but I anticipate we will have folks there very soon," he said.

The World Health Organization said it is monitoring the situation closely and will probably send a research team to Mexico as well.

Besser said the agency was not calling for any travel restrictions to Mexico or to the affected areas in the U.S. "We're reminding travelers of our standard recommendations," such as washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze. "If you are sick and have the flu, you should stay home and not get on a bus or airplane."

The new swine virus is unlike any that researchers have seen before. It appears to be a combination of segments from four different viruses from three continents, including a human segment, an avian segment and pig segments.

Epidemiologists are typically concerned about swine flu because the animals often play a crucial role in the creation of new flu strains. While viruses from birds are rarely transmitted among humans, bird and human viruses can mix in pigs, creating hybrids that retain the virulence of bird flus while gaining the ability to pass from human to human.

The U.S. suffered outbreaks of swine flu in 1976 and 1988, but both were limited in scope and spontaneously disappeared.



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